Mike Fortner, R- West Chicago, former mayor of West Chicago, and has headed transportation policy for the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference. He has a B.A. in math and physics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. He also teaches physics at Northern Illinois University, and co-chairs the Illinois Articulation Initiative Physics Panel. He formerly was a West Chicago alderman and a member of the West Chicago Elementary District 33 school board.